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Published on Jan 29, 2016
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Omar Suazo has been considered the new wave of traditional and modern Garifuna music and a leader in the Garifuna national movement in cultural and ancestral preservation. He was born in the Garifuna town of Sambo Creek, Honduras. As a child he learned what all Garifuna children learned how to craft, sing, dance and play Garifuna instruments. He became known as a master of Garifuna life and at the age of five he started performing from town to town singing and dancing traditional Garifuna music. At age sixteen, he was recognized by a lead Garifuna Singer as one of the youngest upcoming Garifuna singer in Central America. He later came to the United States and studied music at Roxbury Community College. After touring to different parts of the world, he returned to his town to help provide a better economic sustainability, through different project developments. As a resident of the community, he did not see project effectively completed and decided to run for Presidente del Partonato de Sambo Creek and won. His responsibilities are to maintain community stability and infrastructure through health, education, protection of the ancestral land and social programs. He has been elected 4 times since 2009. He has worked with the community members of Sambo Creek and other community to replicate a national Garifuna community consensus. This consensus is to formulate a design that can protect the ancestral land but at the same time find viable community resources to support social and economic infrastructure within the Garifuna communities. Producido por Rony Figueroa Medios Sociales Cheryl L. Noralez Patrocinado por GAHFU, Inc.